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Extras sought for 'Footloose'

COVINGTON — Locals are getting a chance to be in Hollywood's spotlight. Casting for extras for the remake of the 1984 smash hit movie "Footloose" will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at DeKalb Technical College, located at 16200 Alcovy-Jersey Road in Covington.

The Georgia Department of Labor is partnering with Woodridge Productions of Culver City, Calif., to cast about 100 extras for the film, set to shoot in Covington in September.

People of all shapes and sizes are welcome to come out, as long as they are 18 or older, said Bill Marinella of Acme Casting.

"A day lasts about 12 or 13 hours. We feed you a really great lunch, and you make about $100 a day. Plus, you get to play dress up with hair and make up," he said.

If you don't exactly have Hollywood looks, no need to worry. Marinella said he's especially interested in "salt of the earth, dust bowl, blue collar people, farmers whose faces are tan and have leathery skin."

"This takes place in the South. We're looking for farmers with dark skin from being out in the sun, and people with big noses, big chins, character faces, where if I look at your face, I know your story. You never have to open your mouth and say a word. I know you're a hard worker, with a close-knit family," Marinella said.

Roles being cast include farmers, speedway racetrack fans, ladies and gentlemen dressed in their Sunday best, cheerleaders and high school athletes dressed in high school attire, women and men who work with their hands, and line dancers in their best attire.

Applicants should dress in T-shirts, flannel shirts, light jackets, overalls, denims, khakis, business wear or long-sleeved shirts and ties — no bright colors or logos. Applicants should be prepared to have their photos taken or bring their own. They should come with hair and makeup applied and be camera ready. They should also bring official state IDs, such as a driver's license, birth certificate or U.S. passport.

The Georgia Department of Labor is sending out an e-mail blast and posting information on its Web site in hopes that out-of-work Georgians can benefit from the production, which will film in the metro Atlanta area from September through November.

"Because we're shooting in Covington, we're trying to hire as many in Covington as we can," Marinella said.

The Newton County Historic Courthouse will be used for a courtroom scene and other Newton County sites could also be used, according to a spokeswoman for the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office.

Those who aren't selected need not worry — their information and photos will be filed away and considered for future projects in the Atlanta area. Applicants should be prepared to drop what they're doing and be ready to work if they get a call.

"We shoot Monday through Friday. Days are 12 to 13 hours. If they want to do this they should be able to take off from their regular job to work for us. They can't leave at 5 and go pick up the kids and come back," Marinella said.

For additional information, call the Georgia Department of Labor's Covington Career Center at 770-784-2455 or visit the Twitter casting blast at http://twitter.com/AcmeCastingATL.

The movie stars Dennis Quaid, two-time ‘Dancing with the Stars' champion Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormack, the role originally made famous by Kevin Bacon. Craig Brewer of "Black Snake Moan" and "Hustle and Flow" fame is directing.